What is POP3?

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Stands for “Post Office .” , sometimes referred to as just “POP,” is a simple, standardized method of delivering e-mail messages. A POP3 mail server receives e-mails and filters them into the appropriate user folders. When a user connects to the mail server to retrieve his mail, the messages are downloaded from mail server to the user’s hard disk.

When you configure your e-mail , such as Outlook (Windows) or Mail (Mac OS X), you will need to enter the type of mail server your e-mail account uses. This will typically be either a POP3 or  server. IMAP mail servers are a bit more complex than POP3 servers and allow e-mail messages to be read and stored on the server. Many “” interfaces use IMAP mail servers so that users can manage all their mail .

Still, most mail servers use the POP3 mail protocol because it is simple and well-supported. You may have to check with your  or whoever manages your mail account to find out what settings to use for configuring your mail program. If your e-mail account is on a POP3 mail server, you will need to enter the correct POP3 server in your e-mail program settings. Typically, this is something like “mail.servername.com” or “pop.servername.com.” Of course, to successfully retrieve your mail, you will have to enter a valid username and password too.

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